RES Staff Update

March 5-9, 2018

Staff Dress for This Week

Monday-Jeans with western wear (It's Chili Cook-off Day)

Tuesday-Team Shirt Tuesday with jeans or professional dress

Wednesday-Professional Dress

Thursday-Professional Dress

Friday-Robison Spirit Day--jeans with spirit shirt

Staffing News

Welcome to Pam Redd!! Pam begins tomorrow as our substitute AP. Please stop by to welcome her. She's joining us after a recent retirement as a principal in Spring Branch ISD. Some of you might know Pam since she also worked in our district. Her last position in CFISD was as principal of Tipps Elementary. We are so very grateful that she is stepping in to assist us during this very busy time.

The interview process for our new assistant principal kicks off on Tuesday. The first round of interviews will continue through the week after Spring Break. We will be interviewing approximately 10 candidates. The panel will recommend their top choices, and then Courtney and I will invite those candidates back for a second round. We are aiming to make a recommendation by March 29. Thank you to everyone who offered to be a part of this committee. Your interview committee in addition to Courtney and me includes Julie Kastor, Jamie Herridge, Connie Kubis, Veronica Sims, Gina Marlow, Jane Balsam, and Roshunda Knight.

Rocket Fest (Friday, March 23, 5 to 9 pm)

Thank you for reaching out to your parents about contributing to the Silent Auction baskets. The event is quickly approaching. We had great success last year because of you! As one of our primary fundraisers, your participation is critical. Please plan to attend, even if for a short time. It really does make a difference and shows our PTO that we truly are a part of this Parent-Teacher Organization!

Thank You!

Thank you to Courtney Nespeca for hosting grade level meetings on Friday for ALL grade levels! She always makes sure that there are wonderful treats and jumped right in to be there for everyone!

Thank you to everyone who attended and hosted the LA Vertical team meeting. It was great to see the leadership of our staff. It was a productive meeting that allowed all of us to gather insight on the progress of our writing curriculum.

Thank you to all staff who hosted an E-track group. I know our students enjoyed this time thoroughly. I hope you enjoyed the personal connections you were able to make with students you might not typically interact with on a daily basis. Our final E-track sessions will take place in May (May 2, 9, 23 & 24). You will be able to either offer the same course or something new.

Blended Learning Classroom Observations

I have had a large number of teachers requesting to observe blended learning at Kirk on Monday, March 19. Hopefully, you were able to observe the blended learning sessions on the Virtual Tech-a-Thon; however, if you did not, the recording is posted below. The blended learning sessions are toward the end (last couple of hours). I will make a final decision on who will attend tomorrow. After my opportunity to observe, the recommendation from Kirk was to start with one grade level. I was very impressed with how far they have come in such a short time. After learning more about this, my big takeaway is how this method of teaching allows for true differentiation. Since there are not enough spots for everyone to attend, I will also inquire about additional visiting times. We'll all have to pitch in to cover classrooms to make these visits work. I appreciate everyone's interest in learning more about blended learning!

The GEM Grant information below is a great opportunity to support an initiative such as blended learning!

GEM Grants

Looking for funds to support an initiative such as blended learning or another initiative that requires funding? Check out the GEM grant information below. Be aware of the deadline for applying, April 9. As mentioned in my email that was recently sent--those who qualify for a GEM grant will also get the added bonus of jeans for the entire FIRST SEMESTER next year!! Let's get those applications in and WIN!!
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Calendar Reminders and Updates

Friday, March 9: PTO General Meeting in the cafeteria (9:30 am) and 4th & 5th Grade Growth & Development courses during large group

Monday, March 19: Teachers visit Kirk Elementary (9:00 to 11:00 am)

Tuesday, April 3: Robison/Hamilton Chess Tournament (5:00 to 8:00 pm)

Wednesday, April 4: 5th-grade science data meeting (originally scheduled for April 5)

Wednesday, April 18: Kindergarten & Pre-K Registration

Tuesday, May 1: Robison Multicultural Festival (6:00 to 7:30 pm)

Saturday, May 12: Father/Daughter Dance (Not a PTO event)

Upcoming Benchmark Testing

Please help to remind parents that we are unable to accommodate visitors on benchmark testing days. Please do not request volunteers in your classroom on these days. The schedule will change on these testing days, and you will have that information soon.

March 26: 3rd & 4th Math

March 27: 3rd & 4th Reading

March 28: 5th Science

Upcoming Events

  • The 4th (?) Annual Robison Chili Cook-Off will take place on Monday, March 5. Each team may have one entry. District staff from Spillane Middle School will serve as our judges!
  • Staff meeting on Thursday, March 8 at 7:40 am.
  • Spring Break: March 12-16!
  • Staff Appreciation begins Monday, April 2. We will celebrate our staff every Monday in April. Stay tuned for details!
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Superintendent's Fun Run

New info: Staff members who participate and purchase a t-shirt may wear that shirt on Thursdays in April (we'll have jeans days on Mondays in April for Staff Appreciation) and Mondays in May!

The district has made some changes to this wonderful event which supports the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation, beginning with reduced prices. There is even a "sleep-in" option for those that just want to support the event but are unable to be there, or who don't really want to walk or run. Our very own Robison Runners will be participating, so consider joining in with our students and families. Dr. Henry always awards the campuses with the highest participation. Let's be a winner this year!

The following information was shared at our DLT meeting:

· This year’s event has a 5k and a 1 mile, family-friendly run, with more affordable pricing.

· The 5k offers an adult and student cost. The 1 mile is $5 for each participant.

· Shirts can be purchased for $10 and are the same soft fabric as in previous years. This year the color is grey.

· The sleep-in pass is an option for those who know they cannot attend the race on March 24 but would still like to make a donation to the event. Your campus or department will get credit for this as a participant.

· Additional donations to the event can be made on the registration form.

· Individuals whose registrations/donations total or exceed $100.00 will be part of the Superintendent’s Century Club and will receive special recognition at the event.

Stay Informed

Be sure to regularly check the RES Hub (in Google classroom) for updates such as minutes from meetings. I will also try to send out "announcements" to let you know when these have been posted.

Here is the link to the hub:

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Mini March Twitter Contest

Tweet your students utilizing technology this week! Each tweet equals one drawing slip. Who will our next #winners be? Drawing on Friday at the end of the day. Tweets must be tagged with #catchthespirit and @robisones. Drawing slips will be in Sally's office and mine. Stop by each time you tweet to enter your drawing slip!


The master calendar is attached below for your convenience.